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  • Commemorating 9/11

    Published: Sept. 2, 2011
    Commemorating
    Photo: Marsha Miller

    The lives of those who learn, teach and work on this campus were touched by the nation’s assault on Sept. 11, 2001. The worst terrorist attack in United States history permanently altered campus life, security, research and studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

    As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a series of events have been organized to commemorate the tragedy. The university, Student Government and other campus entities have planned these observances.

    “Sept. 11, 2001 was a watershed event in this country and throughout the world. Now, with the passing of 10 years, it is a unique time for reflection,” said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, which is sponsoring a panel discussion on moving forward after 9/11. “We not only honor those whose lives were lost on that day, but we continue to try to understand the longer-term meaning and import of those events, even as we tackle a host of new challenges.”

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    Friday, Sept. 9:

    • Flag lowering: An ROTC unit will lower the flags on the Main Mall at 9 a.m. Flags on the Main Mall will remain at half-staff and will be lighted overnight through the weekend. Other campus flags will be at half-staff.
    • Remembrance activity: In the aftermath of 9/11, thousands of students gathered at the Tower to mourn together. This year, people are encouraged to return to the Tower to leave notes of remembrance. Paper will be provided for those interested in writing their individual perspectives and memories of 9/11. The notes will be collected in baskets at the location and deposited in the official University Archives at the Briscoe Center for American History in Sid Richardson Hall.
    • Commemorative carillon concert: At noon, listen for a special musical performance by Tower Carillonneur Tom Anderson.

    Flag on Tower

    Photo: Marsha Miller
    • Panel discussion: From 1:30-3 p.m. the LBJ School will host a panel discussion titled, “Conversation 9/11: A Decade After, Looking Forward” in the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building (ACE), Avaya Auditorium 2.302. The event is free and open to the public. Current students are encouraged to attend.

    Saturday, Sept. 10:

    • Moment of silence: There will be a moment of silence requested during the Texas football pregame against Brigham Young University at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

    Sunday, Sept. 11:

    • Darkened Tower: From midnight Saturday, Sept. 10 until sunrise Sunday, Sept. 11 and again from dusk Sunday until Monday morning, Sept. 12, the Tower will be darkened in memory of the events of 9/11.
    • Flag display: Ten years ago, the university paid tribute to those whose lives were lost on 9/11 by displaying the U. S. flag on the front of the Main Building. In observance of the 10th anniversary, the American flag will once again be displayed at the heart of the university’s campus.
    • Performance event: Watch “september play” a 9/11 memorial theater production developed by Courtney Sale, an M.F.A. candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance, at 8 p.m. in the Anna Hiss Gymnasium. Admission is free, but space is limited. Read “A day to remember,” a story about “september play.”
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      Yolanda M. said on Sept. 9, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.
      We honor the lives lost during and after 9/11/01. May we never forget how the misplaced notions of some hurt so many both here and abroad. To those lives lost: may you rest in Eternal Peace.
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      MAJ Marc A Patterson said on Sept. 7, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.
      Marsha Miller: Your photo entitled "Commemorating" is phenomenal. As both a Veteran of OEF/OIF and a current graduate student @ UT, this really hits home. Is there a way I could purchase a copy of your photo? Respectfully, Marc Patterson 512.461.0860
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      Barbra said on Sept. 6, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
      Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the university's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center commemorates firefighters who died fighting Texas wildfires in 2011 and first responders who died on 9/11. The Center has free admission the morning of Sept. 10 for the memorial. Details are at: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/09/06/firefighter_ceremony/.
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      RML said on Sept. 4, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
      Southwestern University is hosting a series of events, titled September 11, 2001: Memories, Legacies and Aftermaths Ten Years Later. Please join us for one or more of our events (9/10, a one-day symposium will be held titled September 11th Ten Years Later: The Impact on Muslims at Home and Abroad) http://www.southwestern.edu/live/news/5553-remembering-911
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      Erin said on Sept. 2, 2011 at 9:39 p.m.
      The College of Communication Senior Fellows Program is hosting a series of lectures throughout the fall on "9/11 and American Culture." Details on the first event, 9/23, are available here: http://communication.utexas.edu/events/senior-fellows-lecture-911-culture-paper-planes-and-other-constructions-sept-22
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